Flag Appointments

Issue: 1 / 2018

Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, took over as Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command on January 15, 2018. Vice Admiral AB Singh was the Deputy Commanderin-Chief, Strategic Forces Command prior to his current appointment. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on July 1, 1983. He is a specialist in Navigation and Aircraft Direction. He has commanded INS Veer (Missile Vessel), Vindhyagiri (Frigate), Trishul (Guided Missile Frigate) and Viraat (Aircraft Carrier). Promoted to Flag Rank in 2012, he has since tenanted key appointments like, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) at Naval Headquarters and Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.

 

Rear Admiral Mukul Asthana has been appointed as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air) at Naval HQs. He was commissioned in 1986 in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy. An experienced pilot, he has flown four types of aircraft and held operational and supervisory assignments in Indian Naval Air Squadrons 551, 550 and 310, the IW Squadron.

 

 

 

Rear Admiral Shishir C. Verma has taken over as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Special Submarine Projects) at Naval HQs. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on July 1, 1987, and has done specialist tenures on Foxtrot and Kilo Class Submarines. His staff assignments include Officer-in-Charge Submarine School, Director of Submarine Operations, Principal Director Submarine Operation and Principal Director Nuclear Acquisition.

 

 

Rear Admiral Atul Anand has been appointed as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff – Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence {ACNS (FCI)} at Naval HQs. He was commissioned in 1988, is a specialist in Navigation and Direction. His naval career include the command of Corvette INS Khukri and the Destroyer INS Mumbai.

 

 

 

 

Rear Admiral D.S. Gujral has taken over as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Communications Space and Net-centric Operations) at Naval HQs. He was commissioned on January 1, 1987. A Communication and Electronics Warfare Specialist, his afloat appointments include the Command of INS Nishank, INS Karmuk and INS Trishul.

 

 

 

 

Rear Admiral R. Swaminathan, has taken over as Assistant Chief of Materiel (Modernisation) Naval HQs. Commissioned in 1987, the Admiral is a post graduate from IIT Kharagpur. He was also involved in the acquisition of Aircraft Carrier Vikramaditya, as Warship Production Superintendent in Russia and as Principal Director Aircraft Carrier Projects in Delhi.

 

 

 

 

Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan, has taken over as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy & Plans) at Naval HQs. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on January 1, 1988, and has specialised in Gunnery and Missile systems. He has commanded Missile vessels INS Vibhuti and INS Nashak, missile corvette INS Kuthar and Guided Missile Frigate INS Sahyadri (commissioning crew).

 

 

 

Rear Admiral Philipose G. Pynumootil has taken over as Flag Officer Naval Aviation (FONA). He was commissioned in the Indian Navy on January 1, 1986. A helicopter pilot, qualified on the Sea King 42 B/C and Alouette, he has commanded INAS 330, the Carrier borne ASW Sea King Squadron and was the commissioning Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station, INS Shikra.

 

 

 

Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh, has been appointed as the Flag Officer Sea Training, at Kochi. He was commissioned in 1986 and specialised in Navigation and Direction. His sea command appointments include command of the ASW and UAV-control Frigate INS Taragiri and the multi-role Frigate INS Trishul. His staff appointments include Indian Naval Attaché at Iran, and the Joint Director of Personnel and Principal Director of Naval Operations.

 

 

Rear Admiral MD Suresh has taken over as Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff in Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS). In his earlier appointments, he was selected to commission the Indian Navy’s first stealth frigate INS Talwar, as the Executive Officer, in St Petersburg, Russia. He was also the commissioning commanding officer of the Indian Navy’s first indigenous stealth frigate INS Shivalik.